Dog Vlog | Pet Dog Style Obedience Vs Competition Style Obedience

Back in the day, well before I was considering training dogs for a living, a man named William Koehler (Pronounced Keeler) wrote a book named the Koehler Method Of Dog Training which is still praise-worthy even by today’s standards. Something that made this book stand out from others over the past almost forty years is the fact that upon completion of this book, you could not only take, but most like pass (if you did your homework) the AKC Novice routine getting your dog a nifty little “CD” at the end of his name (Companion Dog). 

Now a days, ring-style obedience is much different. It’s more precise, it’s more energized and exciting to watch, but that leaves us with some dogs that are so driven and adrenalized they can be hard dogs to live day-to-day with. 

When people come to me and ask how I train dogs, one of the first things I tell them and my first goal is: Teach a dog to find calmness. The second goal being: Help him stay there as much as possible. 

Some trainers think I’m short changing my clients by having “loose standards” for what the dog does, but in my mind, cooperation is worth it’s weight in gold when it comes to companion dog training now. You get the same reliability, sans flash and adrenaline… so I don’t see how it’s a bad thing…

To each their own!

Anyways, here’s this weeks Dog Vlog

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